Athlete Moraa Asks Athletes To Work Together

Moraa, who is the reigning Africa champion and had wins in the Diamond League in Rabat and Stockholm earlier in the season, said the country should borrow a leaf from fierce rivals Ethiopia.

World 800m bronze medalist Mary Moraa believes that in order for Kenyan athletes to win medals in future major championships, they must embrace teamwork.

Moraa, who was the only Kenyan representative in the 800m final held on Monday July 25 (EAT) at Hayward field, Oregon produced a brilliant display to win her first senior World Championships medal.

The National Police Service runner clocked a personal best time of 1:56.71 to finish behind 2020 Olympic champion Athing Mu and Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson. Mu, who was representing the hosts, won the race in a world leading time of 1:56.30 while Hodgkinson finished in 1:56.38.

Moraa, who is the reigning Africa champion and had wins in the Diamond League in Rabat and Stockholm earlier in the season, said the country should borrow a leaf from fierce rivals Ethiopia.

“If you look at Ethiopians, they run as a team and not like Kenyans. For example, I was the only Kenyan in the final and I was forced to give it my all because there was no one to team up with despite the fierce battle,” she revealed.  

The 2017 World Under 18  4 x 400m mixed relay gold medalist also thanked former Kenyan internationals including Pamela Jelimo and Janeth Jepkosgei for the crucial role they have played in her career so far.

“I am happy with my performance because I was competing alone as Team Kenya. It was a tough race, the competition was hard. I did a lot of training this season. I thank my coach and my predecessors Janeth Jepkosgei, Pamela Jelimo and Eunice Sum for the advice,” stated Moraa.

According to Moraa, the lack of a physio also played a role in Team Kenya’s poor performance.

“The coach has really helped me in changing my running tactics, he told me to control my body until I get to the final. We did not have a physio for Kenya, that too contributed to our dismal performance, like for me after every race I had to dip myself into the ice but that is not as good as a massage,” added the athlete who dedicated her medal to all the Orphans in her village.